I breastfed my older child until he was 13 months old, and it worked out very well. I had all day to focus on just the two of us. Now that I have a newborn, I am not certain that breastfeeding is the best fit for us. I have been trying for a week, but my son is still so dependent on me that taking 40 minutes to breastfeed every couple of hours is really tough. In addition, my newborn can eat for 40 minutes and then want fed again 30 minutes later.
Last night, I ended up giving my newborn a bottle of formula in the middle of the night because I was so engorged and she wouldn't latch on. I thought I was in heaven when I got 4 hours of sleep in a row instead of just 2!!!!
If you did breastfeed one child and not the other, have you noticed a difference in the development of the two? I don't want to "slight" my daughter.
(Please no lectures...just feedback...)
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I strongly believe that both of my children deserved the best platform of health I could provide so it was breastmilk for both. No matter how hard is was on me the thought that my child living with a lifetime of possible problems because I "couldn't do it" was just too much for me to bear. I would never be able to live with myself if my child ended up with problems because I would always have the reminder of my selfish decision to stop for ME and the horrible effects MY decision had on my child. I figured a year of difficulties was a million times better then the possibilities of a lifetime of difficulties. As with everything else it does get easier. I am sure you can see I thought quite extensively about it during all those feedings. Good Luck with your decision but I have complete faith that you can do it all!!
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